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04-19-2013, 11:24 AM
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I don't see Orpik being moved either.

I'm sure Shero has some ideas.

EDIT: Alright without capgeek, I can see something like...

Kunitz-Crosby-_____
Bennett-Malkin-Neal
Jokinen-Sutter-_____
Glass-Vitale-Adams

Orpik-Martin
Niskanen-Letang
Despres-Engelland

1st line RW: Either Pascal Dupuis or Jarome Iginla
3rd line RW: Either Matt Cooke or Brenden Morrow

Now I checked Capgeek, and if we re-sign Cooke and Adams at their current salary, we have $6M in cap space to sign either Jarome Iginla or Pascal Dupuis, and that's not including an extra defenseman or two and an extra forward. So I think Shero will need to make a roster move or two so he can have some room with the cap space.

Glass could be traded to clear $1.1M, I'm sure a team would do that. Zach Sill is NHL ready, IMO. Listening to the radio, WBS announcer said he would be ready for the NHL and the Pittsburgh Penguins next season. Dustin Jeffrey also.

People want either Brooks Orpik or Paul Martin moved, some Pens fans think it's unrealistic. Maybe a guy like Matt Niskanen? $2.3M for a player who probably won't push any defenseman (except Simon Despres) out of the top 4. And this would be based on if the Pens think Dumoulin is NHL ready.

Then you would have $9.4M to sign Iginla or Dupuis, and extra defenseman or two and an extra forward. So a refined lineup would be...

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis/Iginla
Bennett-Malkin-Neal
Jokinen-Sutter-Cooke
Jeffrey-Vitale-Adams
Sill

Orpik-Martin
Despres-Letang
Dumoulin-Bortuzzo
Eaton-Engelland

Fleury
Vokoun

Depending on the price of Dupuis or Iginla, maybe the Pens can re-sign Murray and let Dumoulin develop a little more. I don't think the Pens can realistically keep both Dupuis and Iginla. Dupuis is a huge part of the team, but does anyone else think Iginla should be a bigger priority? Iginla is a little under 2 years older than Dupuis but is a future hall of famer and I don't if anyone agrees with me on this but a better player than Dupuis?

Dupuis will be cheaper than Iginla no doubt in my mind, so maybe Shero decides to keep him because he gels with Crosby and Kunitz and he would cost less which would help us with the Letang and Malkin extensions.

Maybe Shero does move a guy like Martin or Orpik to clear that room, only Shero and his staff knows.



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